Saturday, February 13, 2010

Take a ride and win a book

Blurbsters and reviewers often invoke Elmore Leonard when talking about John McFetridge, but McFetridge is also a distant relative of such crime writers as Fred Vargas and Janwillem van de Wetering. His cops, bikers and drug dealers are always ready to stop and offer dryly humorous observations:

"They walked into McVeigh's, Andre Price the only black guy in the place, thinking every black guy who ever came in was carrying a badge and gun.

"At least a gun.

"He said to McKeon, `Good thing I have my Irish escort.'

"She sat down with her back to the wall under two rows of black-and-white pictures of men's faces, looked like blown-up mug shots to Price, and said, `I'm the wrong kind of Irish.' "
That's from McFetridge's Let It Ride, released as Swap in Canada in the fall and out next week from Minotaur Books in the United States. I'll send a copy of this border-hopping novel to the first reader with the correct answer to a simple geography question:

How many U.S. states are at least in part north of Canada's southernmost point? Closest answer without going over gets the book.

In the name of Michaëlle Jean, Leonard Cohen, k.d. lang, Roméo Dallaire, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Nancy Greene, I declare this competition Open!

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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8 Comments:

Anonymous John H said...

I would say 20 as long as we are looking at the continent. Kinda surprising really.

February 13, 2010  
Blogger Philip said...

It is surprising, but -- 27?

February 13, 2010  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

I would say there are 23 states.

February 13, 2010  
Blogger Michael said...

27 US states!

February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Steve Weddle said...

That's a great book. One heckuva read. Even better than DIRTY SWEET, I think.

Oh, and as for the contest, I think it's 73. Did I win?

February 15, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You missed it by that much.

February 15, 2010  
Blogger Laura said...

21

March 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

27.

March 09, 2010  

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